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Shepherd's Cradle Song

1. Sleep well, Thou heavenly Babe, sleep well!
Sleep well, Thou sweet little Child!
Caresssed by breezes of angel wings
From heaven, so soft and mild.
We shepherds here so humbly sing,
A lullaby unto the newborn King,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep,
Little Son of heaven, sleep!

2. While mother Mary, with mother love,
Doth hold Thee close to her breast,
And Joseph dares not so much as breathe,
For fear of harming Thy rest.
The lambs are standing silently,
In mute admiration, Oh Lord, of Thee,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep,
Little Son of heaven, sleep!

Lyrics: German folk song; translated by Bernard Gasso
Music: German folk song